Proudly Presents

A Grand Vocal Concert




Vijay Siva, Vocal


R.K.  Shriramkumar, Violin

J.  Vaidyanathan,  Mridangam



6: 30 PM, May 8, 2004

St. Mary's Hall, Villanova, PA

Directions to the Venue


Vijay Siva, Vocal: Vijay Siva, a torch bearer of the D.K. Pattammal/D.K. Jayaraman school of S. Indian music, is among the top musicians in India today.  His music is characterized by unalloyed classicism and the Tamil word 'azhutham', loosely translated as depth and weightiness.  Vijay learnt music originally form his mother, Smt. Akhila Siva  and later had intense training from Sangita Kalanidhi the late Shri D.K. Jayaraman.  After the passing away of D.K.J, Vijay Siva continued to study with Smt. D.K. Pattammal.  He also trained in mridangam from Shri Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer.  He has performed in many centers in India and also other countries including U.S.A. and Canada, France and Singapore.  Vijay Siva is the recipient of many awards including Isai Peroli (1996) from Tamil Nadu government, "Youth Award for Excellence” by Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust in 1995.  He was the first recipient of “Kalki Krishnamurthy Award”(1996) presented by Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Trust, Chennai.  He was founder secretary of the Youth Association for Classical Music (YACM), an organization to promote young musicians and rasikas in Chennai, India.  A graduate of Vivekananda College, Chennai, Vijay Siva also holds a Master's degree in Commerce from Kamaraj University, Madurai. 


This is the first concert by Vijay Siva for SRUTI although he has given privately arranged performances in this area.


R.K. Shriramkumar, Violin: Shriramkumar is the grandson of the veteran violinist ‘Sangita Kalaratna’ Shri R.K. Venkatrama Sastri.  He learnt initially under Smt Savitri Satyamurthy,  later was trained by his grandfather. He had advanced guidance from the famed violinist Professor V.V. Subramanyam.  He also studied vocal music with Sangita Kalanidhi Late Shri D.K. Jayaraman.  He has accompanied foremost musicians like Semmangudi, M.S. Subbulakshmi, D.K. Pattammal, D.K. Jayaraman, T. Brinda, K.V. Narayanaswamy, T.V. Sankaranarayanan, T.N. Seshagopalan, N. Ramani, and M. Balamuralikrishna.  He has also given many solo violin concerts.  A much sought after violinist in the music world of India today, Shriramkumar, at a very young age, has reached a high level of proficiency and stature.  Shriramkumar has toured many countries including US, UK, Canada, Malaysia, Muscat, France, Holland, Switzerland, and Australia.  Shriramkumar has performed for SRUTI with many artists.


J. Vaidyanathan, Mridangam:  A scion of a famous musical family, Vaidyanathan is the son of Sangitha Kalanidhi Late Shri D.K.Jayaraman.  He had advanced training from Sangitha Kalanidhi, Shri. T.K.Murthy. Recipient of several prizes and awards, Vaidyanathan has accompanied many famous musicians of an earlier generation such as Smt. M.S. Subbalakshmi, Smt. D.K. Pattammal,  Smt. M.L. Vasanthakumari,   Shri D.K.Jayaraman,   Shri S. Ramanathan, Shri K.V. Narayanaswamy, Shri B.Rajam Iyer, Shri T.N.Krishnan, Shri M.S.Gopalakrishnan. He now regularly accompanies many top ranking artists of S. India.  He has given performances in U.S.A., USSR, Singapore, Muscat Mauritius, Australia. This is his fifth U.S. and Canada tour. SRUTI audience have heard Vaidyanathan on a number of occasions, the latest with Smt. Aruna Sairam in 2003.